Celtica gigantea (Link) F.M.Vazquez & Barkworth

Giant Feather Grass, Giant Oats, Giant Needle Grass

Family: Poaceae

Genus: Celtica

Category: Grass

Zones: 5 to 8

Size: 6 to 8' tall, to 6' wide, 3' without inflorescences

Growth Rate: Moderate

Exposure: Sun


Very narrow leaves, 20" long in large clumps. Semi-evergreen, cool season grass, with early summer inflorescences on very tall stems above the foliage. Needs very well-drained soil in hot humid climates. Best suited to cooler summers. Deer and rabbit resistant.


Native to Spain, Portugal and Morocco. RHS Award of Garden Merit in 2009.

Published in Bot. J. Linn. Soc. 144(4): 491 in 2004.

Accepted by ARS-Grin, Tropicos and ITIS but not by PlantList.

Basionym Stipa gigantea Link. Commonly still known as Stipa gigantea.

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